Leeds United icon Peter Lorimer has died on the age of 74.
The Premier League membership introduced on Saturday morning that Lorimer had handed away following a long-term sickness.
An attacking midfielder who boasted a ferocious shot, Lorimer was the youngest participant to signify Leeds on the age of 15 years and 289 days and went on to make 705 appearances for the Whites over two spells.
He’s the membership’s all-time prime goalscorer, having netted 238 instances in all competitions, and was a part of a legendary group beneath Don Revie.
Throughout his sensible Elland Street profession, he received seven honours, together with two league titles, the FA Cup and League Cup.
Lorimer was renowed for not just for his spectacular targets, but additionally for the superior energy he generated along with his explosive proper boot.
Incomes nicknames corresponding to ‘Hotshot’, ‘Thunderboots’ and ‘Lash’, he as soon as smashed a penalty that was recorded at 107mph.
“Peter’s contribution to Leeds United won’t ever be forgotten and his passing leaves one other enormous gap within the Leeds United household,” the membership stated.
“He’ll at all times stay a membership icon and his legacy at Elland Street will reside on.
“Our ideas are naturally with Peter’s spouse Sue and the remainder of his household at this troublesome time.
“Relaxation in peace, Peter.”
Lorimer was an integral member of the Leeds facet beneath Revie that grew to become one of the feared groups in Europe throughout the 1960s and 70s.
He additionally performed 21 instances for Scotland and scored on the 1974 World Cup and, following his taking part in profession, later joined the Leeds board as a director.
He additionally labored as a pundit, and remained a massively common determine across the membership.
Present Leeds captain Liam Cooper tweeted: “Fly Excessive Peter. A legend that all of us aspire to be like. Sending all our like to Peters household”.
Midfielder Stuart Dallas added: “After the excessive of final evening, we be taught of such unhappy information this morning. My ideas are with Peters household and buddies at this troublesome time”.
Bob Wilson, his former title rival at Arsenal and a fellow Scotland worldwide, joined talkSPORT to react to the unhappy information and recalled how robust it was as a goalkeeper to face Lorimer.
“As a goalkeeper I used to be terrified if he acquired anyplace close to taking pictures distance,” he stated.
“Alan Woodward at Sheffield United and Peter Lorimer had the 2 fiercest strikes you can think about.
“Any time he acquired the ball from 30 yards inwards, you needed to be in your toes.
“It was scary to say the least since you knew if he had the time, the ball could be coming at you at an incredible charge of knots.
“There was a spell throughout my time at Arsenal when it was Leeds or Arsenal to win the title. He was a terrific participant, and there was enormous respect between all of us.
“Leeds have been an incredible membership on the time and are again to the place they belong and it is a desperately unhappy day for all Leeds followers.”
Eddie Grey additionally paid an emotional tribute to his former Whites teammate and participant on GameDay Unique.
The pair spent 13 years collectively in Leeds facet between 1966 and 1979 earlier than Grey introduced his previous pal again to Elland Street when he was supervisor within the 1980s.
“It’s an enormous loss for me. I’m simply stated to assume I’ll by no means seen him once more. He was my roommate for 10-12 years and we travelled the world collectively,” Grey stated.
“I first noticed Peter play in 1982 for the Scottish schoolboys towards England. I used to be a 12 months youthful than Peter and acquired invited alongside to Ibrox to observe the sport and I couldn’t consider what I watching.
“It’s simply so unhappy these previous couple of years he hasn’t been the previous Peter. He’s at peace now and that’s all you’ll be able to ask.”
On Lorimer’s qualities as a participant, Grey added: “In addition to with the ability to hit the ball exhausting, he was the cleanest striker of the ball I’ve ever seen. He had no again raise, he was only a fantastic participant.
“He was a terrific lad. I really feel for all his ex-teammates who’re nonetheless with us now, as a result of he had nice affinity with them they usually had nice respect for him.
“He was an iconic determine within the membership’s historical past, in addition to being the youngest participant to ever play for the membership and report goalscorer.”